Target: Unilever Global
Goal: Thank Unilever for removing harmful plastic micro-beads from their beauty products
Unilever is one of the world’s largest multinational consumer goods businesses. The company owns well-known brands such as Dove, Ponds, and Vaseline and produces some of the most popular skin and beauty products in the United States. However, while the company’s merchandise is commonly seen on drugstore shelves, the ingredients used in this merchandise are not always innocuous.
One of the worst ingredients is polyethylene plastic. This plastic comes in the form of tiny micro-beads intended to exfoliate the skin. While the beads are relatively safe for humans, they are very dangerous for the world’s oceans.
Once the beads are used during a skincare regimen, they travel from bathroom sinks through urban water pipes and end up in the open ocean. There, they collect together and form small lumps that float freely in the water. The problem with these lumps is that they look deceptively delicious to fish, turtles, birds, and other marine life. The animals attempt to eat the plastic and are exposed to toxins, have their digestive tracks blocked, or simply choke to death.
This is unacceptable. Many of the ocean’s animals are already threatened by pollution, warming water, over-fishing, and boat collisions. They last thing they need is to be exposed to harmful plastic beads that cause death when swallowed. Luckily, Unilever is aware that their beauty products are unhealthy for the world’s oceans. The company recently announced that these beads are currently being phased out of all products and will be completely eliminated by 2016. To replace the beads, Unilever will look into more natural ingredients that will provide similar skincare without hurting wildlife.
Unilever’s decision is very good news for our oceans. If this giant, multinational company rids its products of plastic, other large businesses will most likely follow suit and substitute their plastics for more environmentally friendly ingredients. Soon, the world will be rid of harmful micro-beads in beauty products.
Thank Unilever for their decision by signing the petition below.
Thank you very much for pledging to rid your products of harmful plastic beads by 2016. Your decision is beneficial for all the world’s oceans and the marine animals that call them home.
As you know, polyethylene micro-beads are popular ingredients in beauty products. They are inexpensive and provide the consumer with an easy way to exfoliate the skin. However, these beads are also very harmful to marine life. Once they reach they ocean, the beads collect together and form lumps that look very enticing to fish, turtles, birds, and other animals. Once these creatures attempt to eat the plastic, they are exposed to toxins, have their digestive tracks blocked, or simply choke to death.
This is unacceptable. Many of the ocean’s animals are already threatened by pollution, warming oceans, over-fishing, and boat collisions. They last thing they need is to be exposed to harmful plastic beads that cause death when swallowed.
Thankfully, you are phasing out these dangerous beads and replacing them with more environmentally friendly substances. With any luck, other large companies will follow your lead and also rid their products of plastic. If this happens, the world’s oceans will be much cleaner and safer.
Again, thank you for your decision.
[Your Name Here]
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